Transit Shelter Advertising Program

Is your organization looking for a high-profile, yet inexpensive way, to promote itself, its services, or its events? The City of Vancouver, through the Transit Shelter Advertising Program, offers free access to transit shelter advertising space for non-profit arts and culture organizations. You pay for and arrange the posters and we provide a place for them to go. These spaces are in high demand, so apply now.

Eligible applicants

You can apply for this grant if your organization:

  • Is a Vancouver-based, non-profit, arts or culture or community service organization
  • Provides programming, activities or services that are:
    • Open to the public
    • Publicized city-wide
    • Held within the City of Vancouver itself (not in other Lower Mainland municipalities or the University Endowment Lands)

Eligible projects

We welcome projects that:

  • Provide program information
  • Raise awareness of a service being provided
  • Raise awareness of charitable activities

Ineligible projects

The program does not advertise:

  • Conferences, workshops, and other forms of training
  • Lotteries, contests and competitions
  • Events that are largely or exclusively fundraisers
  • Advocacy or religious messages
  • Politically related messages

Application deadlines

If your group is interested in requesting space, do so at least four months in advance. Requests that come after the deadline will not be considered.

For campaigns starting in Apply by Expect confirmation in
October 2015 July 24, 2015 August 2015
November 2015 August 21, 2015 September 2015
December 2015 September 18, 2015 October 2015
January 2016 October 23, 2015 November 2015
February 2016 November 20, 2015 December 2015
March 2016 December 18, 2015 January 2016
April 2016 January 22, 2016 February 2016
May 2016 February 19, 2016 March 2016
June 2016 March 18, 2016 April 2016
July 2016 April 22, 2016 May 2016
August 2016 May 20, 2016 June 2016
September 2016 June 17, 2016 July 2016
October 2016 July 22, 2016 August 2016
November 2016 August 19, 2016 September 2016
December 2016 September 23, 2016 October 2016
January 2017 October 21, 2016 October 2016
February 2017 November 18, 2016 December 2016
March 2017 December 23, 2016 January 2017

Transit Shelter Advertising Program documentation

Information guide

Information guide  (151 KB)

  • The guide covers:
    • Program description and priorities
    • Eligibility criteria
    • General information
    • How to apply
    • Notification process
    • Designing and producing the campaign posters
    • Required recognition
    • Production specifications and delivery

Printing guide

"Help! I need a printer": poster printing guide (72 KB)

  • The poster printing guide covers:
    • Local printing suppliers that meet specifications of transit shelter maintenance company
    • Production and finishing specifications
    • How many posters to print
    • Delivering the finished posters

Technical specifications

Technical and production specifications for transit shelters  (75 KB)

  • The specifications help if you choose OUTFRONT Media as your printer.

Poster templates

InDesign format (528 KB)

Illustrator format (888 KB)

Photoshop format (12 MB)

  • The barebones template is at 100% of the finished poster size and supplied by OUTFRONT Media.

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Cultural Services
Woodward's Heritage Building
501 - 111 West Hastings St
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